— Weatherford vs. Arlington Houston
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Kangaroo Stadium
Type: District 3-5A finale, Senior Night
Last year: Weatherford 31, Arl. Houston 24
Arlington Houston Texans (3-6, 2-4)
Last season: 2-8 overall, 1-6 in District 3-5A
Last week: Lost to Arlington Martin, 52-13
Players to watch: CB Dawaune Skyes (5-11, 180, 4.4), CB Marvin Black (6-0, 175, 4.5), LB Marquis Irving (6-1, 210, 4.6), QB Irvin Hill, RB Daylon Woods, WR Darrion Flowers.
Weatherford Kangaroos (1-8, 1-5)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 2-5 in District 3-5A
Last week: Lost to Arlington Lamar, 42-10
Players to watch: OL Jace Ford (6-2, 310, 5.6), OL Keegan Dement (6-4, 265, 5.1), QB Grant Werts (6-2, 205, 4.6) SR Chris Whitling (5-9, 165, 4.6), SR Fred Brownlee (5-8, 165, 4.4), DL James Robinson (6-4, 260, 5.3), RB Jeuqwan Brownlee (5.9, 185, 4.5); QB Bryce Burks.
Game notes: Waxing a bit of “what-if” — the Roos could have statistically still been in the playoff mix coming into Friday’s Senior Night game, if North Crowley had held on in the final three minutes of their match with Paschal last week AND if Arlington Martin’s wins had not been reinstated earlier this week. But the reality is that Weatherford will try to chalk up a second win with Arlington Sam Houston’s arrival, to put the final touch on the 2013 season.
The Roos have proved to be a much-different team the past two weeks, with the most noticeable change coming from the defensive side of the ball. Despite the relatively lop-sided final score in the loss to Lamar, the WHS defenders were less prone to the numerous big plays of past contests and have played with an elevated level of confidence since the second half of the Paschal game.
The offense was blanked in the second half, but there were highlights, nonetheless, topped by a circus catch from Tyler Scoggin with a Vikes’ defensive back draped all over him late in the game. There were other good plays, but the Roos had trouble finishing drives to close the gap. Still, the November Roo squad is a different one from the August version, with Nelms and his staff teaching, adjusting and pumping up the Weatherford team.
The Roo defense will be able to concentrate on stopping the run on Friday, evidenced by a Texans passing game producing less than a quarter of its yardage and surrendering 14 interceptions against three touchdowns. QB Ervin Hill is almost a one-man show in Houston’s offense (1,100 rushing yards), with RB Daylon Woods carrying the rest of the load on the ground (800 yards).
The Arlington team’s defense is susceptible to ground and air attacks, but the Texans still have a healthy dose of speed and athleticism for the Roos to contend with, so Weatherford’s final effort will need to be a solid one.
Springtown vs. FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Porcupine Stadium
Type: District 6-3A finale, Senior Night
Last year: Springtown 76, Diamond Hill 0
Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles (1-8, 0-4)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-5 in District 6-3A
Last week: Lost to Castleberry, 55-0
Players to watch: RB Tim Robinson (5-10, 220, 4.9), QB Sammy Gonzales (5-6, 145, 4.7), C Jesus Nevi, LB Rene Montes.
Springtown Porcupines (4-5, 3-1)
Last season: 6-5 overall, 4-1 in District 6-3A
Class 3A, Div. II, bi-district finalist.
Last week: Beat Mineral Wells, 35-19.
Players to watch: LB Kolyn Waldrop (6-1, 225, 4.7), WR Ryan Hester (6-0, 190, 4.8), DB Collin Rector (5-7, 160, 4.7), RB Ryan Snow (6-1, 170, 4.6), WR Dillon Springfield (6-1, 160, 4.4), QB Landry Turner (5-10, 165), WR Dylan Ray (5-11, 160, 4.8).
Game notes: After a relatively slow offensive start last week against the Rams, Springtown will be eager to put points up early and often against Diamond Hill in front of the home crowd on Friday. The Eagles are in the throes of another tough “oh-fer” season, with just one touchdown to its credit in district play while ceding 60 points per match.
The Pojo offense continues to add significant players to the mix, with sophomore Fisher Drewery, an in-season addition to the varsity squad, taking on running back and kick return duties.
With the downturn of Mineral Wells this season, the Porcupines are likely headed to the tougher bracket of Div. I in the Class 3A playoffs, so Springtown will use this regular season finale to polish up schemes on both sides of the ball and get more play time for the bench, who will need to contribute in postseason.
Millsap at Blooming Grove
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Lion Stadium
W Grady St at S Ramsey St, Blooming Grove
Type: District 6-2A-Div II finale
Last year’s result: Blooming Grove 56, Millsap 7
Blooming Grove Lions (5-4, 3-3)
Last season: 7-4 overall, 4-3 in District 6-2A. Div. II
Class 2A, Div. II Bi-district finalist
Last week: Beat Rio Vista, 56-15.
Players to watch: RB/LB Travis Whiteside (5-9, 150, 4.7), QB Tyler Ellis, WR Dalton Blake, RB Tyler Morris.
Millsap Bulldogs (2-7, 1-5)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Lost to Life Oak Cliff, 51-28
Players to watch: LB Timothy Newberry (6-1,195, 4.8) RB/LB Dylan Burton, OL/DL Tre Newby, OL/DL Mitchell Coker, RB/DB Coleman Hutchison, WR/DB Kaden King, OL Clint Holloway.
Game notes: The Lions deploy a potent running game as the base of its offense, but will mix in a modest dose of high-percentage passes from the arm of QB Tyler Ellis which can produce substantial gains per toss. Similar to Millsap, Blooming Grove puts stock in a methodical, ball-control offense that can have trouble when falling behind early and forced to the air.
Senior running backs Tyler Morris and Travis Whiteside are the most effective tandem for the Lions, and have combined for 1,500 rushing yards for Grove.
The Lions, with Rice and Life Oak Cliff, are still in the running for the final slot for postseason eligibility, and will be playing in a game with rewards if they win, clinching the fourth seed.
The Millsap offense has most assuredly been more productive with the ball in 2013, but are still settling into the slot-T, to make the scheme more second-nature. A group of seniors helping to install the new scheme, led by OL/DL Tre’ Newberry would like to leave the underclassmen with a good note to build on for the future.
Blooming Grove has not displayed a tendency for a shut-down defense, which means that for the finale, the Bulldog defense will likely provide the best opportunity for Millsap to pick up its third win of the year, with the help of three or more TDs from the Millsap offense.
Brock at Dallas Roosevelt
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Jones Stadium
4100 Merrell Rd — Dallas
Type: Regular season game
Last year’s result: N/A
Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs (2-7, 1-2)
Last season: 1-9 overall, 0-3 in District 11-3A
Class 3A Bi-district finalist
Last week: Lost to Ferris, 33-0
Players to watch: DE Dequaone Shaw (6-5, 190, 4.6), WR Tarrin Mitchell (5-11, 165, 4.6), DB Joseph Nicholson (6-0, 170, 4.6)
Brock Eagles (7-2)
Last season: 2-0 varsity record
Last week: Beat Eastside Memorial, 35-0
Players to watch: QBs Joseph Earl, Seth Boleman, RBs Leddy French, Matthew McCartney, Kolbin Mills, O-line Jake Earl, Cooper Gore, Tyler Collier, D-line Hunter Pittman, Billy Tedford, Titus Gossett.
Game notes: Somewhere in the Brock football history book, there should be at least a footnote for a trio of seniors who ushered in the Eagles’ first season of varsity football.
In a season of success, worthy of a postseason in any other year, Slaten Gough, Jared Bottom and Cole Thomasson provided upperclass leadership for future Brock teams who will compete in established UIL districts and, it is hopeful, with playoff games in the cards.
Brock filled its schedule with a late-scheduled match against Eastside Memorial, which was played last week in Waco. The Eagles conclude its schedule against Class 3A Dallas Roosevelt, who looks decidedly bigger (while still decently quick) in its front lines, but has had mostly woes in its 2-7 season.
Despite the troubles the Mustangs have had this season, they are a lock for a playoff spot (with only four teams in their district and four available slots), they will want to garner a win going into postseason. But even with their size and athleticism, face a Brock team eager to put an exclamation point on its inaugural season.